Happy World Gratitude Day

Happy World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day is celebrated on September 21 annually. This day helps to remind us of the importance of expressing gestures of thanks and appreciation. We can get caught up in our busy lives and neglect to show how grateful we are for the people around us, for the gift of our own life, and for the beauty of the planet we live on. When you do a simple act of kindness for someone, it makes the world a better place. It’s your world, and you have the opportunity every day to up level the energy around you by the actions you take. Because we are all energy, what you do for others you also do for yourself. It is why helping others makes you feel good! Appreciation at the right time can make someone's day, and even change their life. Appreciate the people in your life, and those you you don’t know. A smile from a stranger can the lift the spirits of someone who is sad and lonely, as it floods them with appreciation they could not find on their own. 

Do you know the History of World Gratitude Day?

Appreciation is a worldwide practice today and a personal one that we can all use to improve our lives — but making a day of it goes back to 1965. World Gratitude Day was invented by Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual leader and meditation teacher. It was conceived at a Thanksgiving dinner in the United Nations’ meditation room.

At the dinner, Chinmoy suggested the idea of a global holiday of gratitude. Each person at the dinner pledged to hold an event in their home country every year on that holiday, and they all spent the rest of the evening discussing how they might spread the word about this new holiday. 

The following year, in 1966, many countries observed the first annual World Gratitude Day on September 21, and the day has been celebrated annually ever since.

In 1977, the Spiritual League, a group of Chinmoy’s followers who ran the meditation room at his New York headquarters, requested that a resolution be passed recognizing World Gratitude Day. Representatives from the Headquarters were in attendance to honour Chinmoy during the special ceremony.

Inviting Gratitude In

I invite you to explore a daily practice where you increase focus on the positive things in your life and release focus on the negative things in your life. Gratitude is a natural detox for toxic energy. You have to train your brain to practice gratitude even if it may feel a bit contrived at first. It is truly the most important skill to master, as nothing that works quicker to raise your vibration. 

Gratitude is in the same frequency as love, granting the feeling of both serenity and reverence. Reverence is respect for a place, person or thing. Gratitude shows respect for a place a person or a thing. Serenity is an overall feeling of being untroubled because you have understood the way to find your inner peace and taken action to be there. The more time you can spend in the frequency of gratitude and love, the more your body’s frequency raises and the lighter you feel both emotionally and physically because you are literally full of light. Higher frequencies give you greater personal health, power, clarity, love, and joy.

Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude is your gateway to elevated energy, but did you know that the benefits of gratitude journaling are scientifically proven?

Social science research reports that:

  • opens the door to new relationships.
  • improves physical health.
  • improves psychological health.
  • enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
  • allows people to sleep better.
  • improves self-esteem.
  • increases inner strength.
  • has lasting effects on the brain (as seen with a fMRI scan).
  • effectively releases stress hormones.
  • increases positive emotions like happiness.

Science shows that gratitude can increase important neurochemicals in the brain and body. Guided journaling questions help you to express gratitude, to get into the habit so it becomes natural to you.

When thinking shifts from negative to positive, there is a surge of feel-good chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. These all contribute to the feelings of closeness, connection, and happiness that come with gratitude.

However, we must practice gratitude consistently to reap these rewards. We know the brain changes with experience, so the more that gratitude is practiced, the more the brain learns to tune in to the positive things in the world. Studies show that focusing on an experience for 20 seconds is long enough to create positive structural changes in the brain. As Albert Einstein wisely said, "We can’t solve problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Emotions are reflected in our bodies. Observe your posture when you are grateful, as opposed to when you are upset. When you express gratitude, you are in the frequency of love and joy. A grateful heart is a healthy heart. Develop a consistent gratitude practice where you not only say or write what you’re grateful for, but you also feel it. Soon it simply becomes an easy part of your day.

A study on gratitude by Psychologist Robert Emmons found the following benefits of a daily  practice of gratitude:

1. People who kept a gratitude journal were 25% happier than those who just kept a journal of routine daily events.

2. Better sleep. People who kept a gratitude journal slept 12% longer and woke up 15% more refreshed than those that didn’t.

3. Physical. Those who keep a Gratitude journal exercised 30% more than their non-journaling counterparts.

4. No side effects. Gratitude is one of those things will change what is going on inside you, which will automatically change the results you’re getting. Likely much faster than you imagine.

How did a Gratitude Practice Change my Life?

Gratitude open me to reverence, forever changing how I perceived my self and the world we live in.

If you would like to practice gratitude journaling with me, here is my Gratitude Guidebook in Champagne Chakra 30 Day Guided Journal Series #9 to get you started. It is also available on Amazon!

I would love to hear your experience with gratitude, journaling, or anything else you want to share today!

XO
Celia

 

 

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